What does sharpen mean?

Definitions for sharpen
ˈʃɑr pənsharp·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sharpen.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sharpen(verb)

    make sharp or sharper

    "sharpen the knives"

  2. sharpen(verb)

    make crisp or more crisp and precise

    "We had to sharpen our arguments"

  3. sharpen(verb)

    become sharp or sharper

    "The debate sharpened"

  4. focus, focalize, focalise, sharpen(verb)

    put (an image) into focus

    "Please focus the image; we cannot enjoy the movie"

  5. sharpen(verb)

    make (images or sounds) sharp or sharper

  6. sharpen(verb)

    raise the pitch of (musical notes)

  7. sharpen, taper, point(verb)

    give a point to

    "The candles are tapered"

  8. sharpen, heighten(verb)

    make (one's senses) more acute

    "This drug will sharpen your vision"


  1. sharpen(Verb)

    To make sharp

    Etymology: sharp + -en

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sharpen(adj)

    to make sharp

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  2. Sharpen(adj)

    to give a keen edge or fine point to; to make sharper; as, to sharpen an ax, or the teeth of a saw

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  3. Sharpen(adj)

    to render more quick or acute in perception; to make more ready or ingenious

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  4. Sharpen(adj)

    to make more eager; as, to sharpen men's desires

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  5. Sharpen(adj)

    to make more pungent and intense; as, to sharpen a pain or disease

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  6. Sharpen(adj)

    to make biting, sarcastic, or severe

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  7. Sharpen(adj)

    to render more shrill or piercing

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  8. Sharpen(adj)

    to make more tart or acid; to make sour; as, the rays of the sun sharpen vinegar

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  9. Sharpen(adj)

    to raise, as a sound, by means of a sharp; to apply a sharp to

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

  10. Sharpen(verb)

    to grow or become sharp

    Etymology: [See Sharp, a.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sharpen in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sharpen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sharpen in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Loeb:

    I think the willingness of a number of corporations to cut costs and return capital, and improve and sharpen their strategy and focus on the things they are good at, create a very good backdrop for investors like us, sometimes there are opportunities for us to help the process along a little bit, like we did with Sony and Fanuc.

  2. Alexander Zverev:

    I'm young, so I might as well stay on court and practise a little bit, it's the best, a five-set match. It is the first time Alexander Zverev has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam and Alexander Zverev will face Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4. Nishikori took his only break point opportunity to claim the third set but Thiem, twice Roland Garros semi-finalist, regained control in the fourth. Former champion Novak Djokovic never looked in trouble as he booked a 12th quarter-final appearance in Paris with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco. French Open runner-up Madison Keys advanced to the last eight without dropping a set, defeating Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4. Up next for Keys is Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who upset 26th seed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3. American Stephens sprinted past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-0 to set up a potential semi-final meeting with Keys, whom Anett Kontaveit beat in last year's U.S. Open final. Highlights from day eight( all times GMT :. Play was suspended due to fading light, with Russian Daria Kasatkina leading 7-6( 5) 3-3 against second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki. Zverev's days of living dangerously go on. Roland Garros ready for' legendary' match against Zverev in Paris. Djokovic tames Verdasco to reach last eight. Italian Cecchinato upsets Goffin to reach last eight. American Stephens and Keys on collision course after overcoming French Open hump. Alexander Zverev rocks on by living on the edge. Keys enjoys Sunday stroll into French quarters. Djokovic douses Verdasco fire, unhappy with courts. Impressive Thiem downs Nishikori to set up Alexander Zverev clash. Serena and Sharapova ready to sharpen the edge. Impressive Putintseva stuns Czech Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3 to reach Paris quarters. Italian Marco Cecchinato, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, beat eighth-seeded Belgian David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-0 6-3 to reach Grand Slam first major quarter-final. At world number 72, Marco Cecchinato becomes the lowest-ranked man to reach the last eight in Paris since Latvian Ernests Gulbis( ranked 80) in 2008. He will next face 2016 champion Novak Djokovic for a place in the final four.

  3. Brad Anderson:

    Clearly they are ready to sharpen their contrasts on issues with each other, the debate is going to be enormously important given all the undecideds we are seeing in polls.

  4. Peter Tuz:

    The fear is that price controls stifle innovation. It hasn't happened yet, they'll have to sharpen their pencils and recalculate what their outlook is for new drugs and whether they're worth still developing.

  5. North Korea:

    The North Korea Foreign Ministry and South Korean authorities remain outwardly talkative about dialogue. But when they sit back, they sharpen a sword to do us harm, if this is what they call' creative approach.

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